From the Prioress

Christmas is here
December 21, 2017

Christmas is here. Family time and gifts. Friends and memories. Light in the darkness. Warmth in the cold. Love in the heart. Joy. Hope. Peace. As we celebrate any one or all of these gifts of Christmas, may we be grateful for blessings given and grace received.

We hear in scripture: “I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) Christ has come. Christmas is here. God came in the person of Jesus to show us how to be light and truth and life for others. Life has been given so that we may fully live. Christmas challenges us to make a difference in the heart of the world. Christmas provides us with what we need to do that.

The spirit of Christmas can renew our awareness of God’s love, transform our faith and strengthen our courage to be light and life for others through kindness and care, compassion and outreach, thoughtfulness and generosity. May all that we do give witness to hope and promote peace now and in the year to come.

Our Christmas video gives you a glimpse into Christmas at the Mount. We wish you all the best Christmas has to offer and a New Year that is rich with opportunity to be the change we need to see in our world.

Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress
and the Benedictine Sisters of Erie

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, the twenty-first prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania is a native of Philadelphia. She moved to Mount St. Benedict Monastery in 1992 to respond to a desire to experience the monastic way of life. Previously a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Chestnut Hill, Sister Anne began the formal transfer process to the Erie Benedictines in 1993 and made her monastic profession in 1997.

Sister Anne has served the people of the Diocese of Erie as a teacher at St. Gregory's School in North East, Pa., from 1992-1995, and at the Neighborhood Art House in Erie, beginning as program director in 1995 and as executive director since 2005. She served on the Monastic Council from 2006-2010.